non-sense nyc: 2.17 to 2.23

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Subject: non-sense nyc: 2.17 to 2.23
Date: February 17th 2017
Friday, February 17
* Tropical Sounds to Make You Sweat, Brooklyn
* Spike Polite and Sewage NYC, Brooklyn
* Sub:culture, Brooklyn
Saturday, February 18
* Confetti: The Dance Party-Winter Edition, Brooklyn
* We the People: A Patriotism March, Manhattan
* Freezing Man, Brooklyn
* Feeling Gloomy: (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, Brooklyn
* Spoons, Toons, Booze Fifth Anniversary Special, Brooklyn
* A Love House Party with Music and Love Stuff, Brooklyn
* Tropixxx, Brooklyn
* Hunter/Game, Brooklyn
* Landmarks and Transformations, Manhattan
Sunday, February 19
* Take Two Storytelling, Brooklyn
* Slice and Dice, Manhattan
Monday, February 20
* Wild Woman, Brooklyn
* Brouhaha Theatre Project's Research and Development, Manhattan
Tuesday, February 21
* The Prose Bowl, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 22
* Pairs and Pears No. 6, Brooklyn
* The Educated Guess, Brooklyn
* Blunderland: Sass Wednesday, Brooklyn
* $1 Art Show, Manhattan
* Risk! Live, Brooklyn
* Drink and Draw at Armageddon Ink Gallery, Brooklyn
Thursday, February 23
* The Alt-Oscars, Brooklyn
* A Benefit Show for Folk Musician Erica Buettner with Special Guests Jeffrey Lewis and Charming Disaster, Brooklyn
* Mystery Science Burlesque 3000: A Tribute to MST3K, Brooklyn
* What's Your Damage? Brooklyn
* The Nose: A Preposterous New Family Musical
* Joy
* Force Majeure
* In-Between
* Swamps
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Tropical Sounds to Make You Sweat
We're having a free party at Our Wicked Lady to warm up your blood in this chilly weather. We'll be bringing tropical sounds, food, booze, and dancing. The bands who'll be performing that evening are Consumata Sonidera and Sonidero Mixteco. Prince of Queens will hold it down on the turntables in-between the bands and after the bands. Homemade vegetarian and falafel pizza.
Wicked Lady
153 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
9p; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Glamdammit is pleased to present:
Spike Polite and Sewage NYC
With DJ sets by Twig the Wonderkid and James David. Hosted by nightlife icon Astro Erle.
Gold Sounds
44 Wilson Avenue, at Melrose Street, Brooklyn
10p doors, 11p showtime; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Starvue presents:
Sub:culture is an ongoing series of NYC based creative collaborative events started in 2011 designed to build a community of diverse, forward-thinking individuals with a broad spectrum of musical tastes. Resident music selectors Jon Martin, Delmar Browne and Shifty Kid welcome special guest DJ Eli Escobar who has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with in booths across the city and around the world.
New York’s house and disco evangelist Eli Escobar has been a familiar face on the city’s scene for the last two decades. Whether tearing it up at clubs across the capital (and beyond) or throwing down super-charged disco bombs on labels like Nervous and Strictly Rhythm, Escobar rarely steps out of his four-four beat. As one third of the Tiki Disco parties in Bushwick, as well as running his own Night People label, Escobar has been putting his own twist on the city’s house and disco soundtrack, joining the dots between yesterday’s golden era classics and today’s club anthems. Nothing is for sale inside the venue itself so bring what you need, and please be sure to RSVP.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
11p; $10
21 with ID
Confetti: The Dance Party-Winter Edition
Join us for a night of dancing and unite as one for an event to benefit two incredible nonprofits fighting for justice, equality, and human rights. Featuring DJs Average Jo, Horrorchata, and Ushka. Plus go-go dancers and raffles. Brought to you by Select All: Topher Gross.
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $7 before midnight $10 after midnight, a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to MPower Change and Detention Watch Network
21 and over
718 643 6510
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
We the People: A Patriotism March
On Presidents Day weekend we channel the true nature of our founders intent. American Patriotism has always been about the rights of free speech, equal opportunity for all and rule by the many over the powerful few. Along the way, such words have been misused, devalued and cherry picked for photo ops only to be left in the dustbin at the side of the stage. We the People now take back the founding intent of US Patriotism in a small creative march in lower Manhattan on the Saturday of Presidents Day Weekend. With keynote speech by Norman Siegel, Zero Boy, and Liah Alonso.
Theme: On the Saturday of Presidents Day Weekend, participants are encouraged to reflect upon the words and actions of all founding fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and anyone who have fought for equality and justice over the years. Bring flags and related signage. Wear Spirit of 76, tricon hats, powdered wigs or be Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam or any true patriot who has stood against intolerance or hypocrisy over the years.
Starts at Fraunces Tavern, proceeds to Federal Hall and through Wall Street
54 Pearl Street, Manhattan
Noon at Fraunces Tavern, 2-3p Federal Hall, 3-4p Stock Exchange, Wall Street Bull, US Custom House and Battery Park, 4p Pier A Harbor House;
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Freezing Man
This transdimensional shift must occur annually to one day bring peace and unity to the galaxy. This year, just like every year before since 1847, we honor our fearless leader and founding matriarch, Freeezine R. Mann! We recognize her renowned exploits, her founding of the abombinable snowlympics, and her historic transantarctic beast chariot expedition in 1847.
Come join us at our annual decommodified mini festival commemorating the Great War Against Winter that takes place across a sprawling venue, completely covered in art installations and DIY history in an amazing artistic Brooklyn warehouse space! In the heroic spirit of Freezine R. Mann and her heroic battle in the Ice Queen War against the Yeti Rebellion in 1827, we can’t wait to come together to celebrate the power of community and the warmth of our friendships in this time of cold, darkness, and fear.
We feature fantastic live bands, body moving DJs, mind-bending performances, intimate theatrical installations, lots of snow machines, and the magical contributions of the greater NYC Burning Man community! This event is community fueled, and encourages the participation of all our guests as the Thunder Gumbo collective comes together to raise funds for our legendary art cars. Dress: Burner, transarctic explorer, matriarch, fur, animalistic, beastly, yeti, warrior, figure skater, olympian, ice bucket challenge loser, hearts aflame.
DJs Tommie Sunshine, 2melo, Illexxandra, Matt Sebastian, and Partyfoul5000. Bands: Borjigin Ghineeleg, Mongolian Mushroom Psytrance with live throat singing, his Gift to America, Simple Lovers, and the Randos. Art by Phil Hollenbeck, Jamaican Bobsled Team, the Freeezine R. Mann Abominable Snowlympics, a feminine and secretive encounter in a secret room or rooms experience by Jenna Hoff and Molly Levine.
RSVP for address, Brooklyn
L train to Jefferson station
9p-3a; $20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Feeling Gloomy presents:
(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
We do Feeling Gloomy year-round, and sometimes it’s a little tough to motivate yourself to feel down when the sun is shining and everything seems right with the world. This is not one of those times. Many of us are not just feeling upset, but frightened, angry, and for some of us, motivated. It’s hard to forget even for a few minutes of brief escapism. Music is how we primarily see the world, and right now so many songs feel charged with new urgency or studded with nuance previously unseen.
So rather than escape into songs about breakup and heartache, for one night we’re going to get all of our emotions out by playing all of the pissed off, charged up songs we love. So, this is not going to be an evening of sludge metal, it’s going to be an evening of post-punk, indie, britpop, synthpop, glam etc songs about being teed off and keyed up.
To Hell With Poverty: Call your Congressperson today. Tell them your opinions and make sure your voice is heard. Then tell a friend to do the same thing. Show our door person your text to your friend and we’ll knock $2 off the cover charge.
All night long DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom will play songs about politics, monsters, riots, heads rolling, biting the hand that feeds you, getting (no) satisfaction, panicking in Detroit, nothing ever changing, losing control, being angry, being confused, and being ready to kick some ass (figuratively). Plus we’ll throw in a some gloomy favorites that seem even more relevant in the times we’re living. Dress to depress
406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $6 cover, $4 with proof you called your congressperson and told your mate
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
SecretFormula presents:
Spoons, Toons, Booze Fifth Anniversary Special
Do you miss Saturday mornings waking up early to gorge on cereal and cartoons? Well then Nitehawk Cinema and SecretFormula have the ultimate brunch for the kid in you…Spoons Toons & Booze! We’ve got all of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons, delicious cocktails and a free all you can eat sugar cereal bar, not to mention Nitehawk’s excellent brunch menu.
Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
11:30a; $16
Continues SUNDAY
718 782 8370
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
A Love House Party with Music and Love Stuff
We, here at Greene Avenue, are having a house party to promote love. It's filled with amazing bands (not hyperbole) and a DJ spins into the late night. If you are not the kind of person who likes to dance, get weird and meet new people- this might not be for you, but that's OK. There’s a lot of fun stuff for you to post up at elsewhere in Brooklyn. But if you do enjoy jiggling and feeling free, this will be your jam. With Mmblr, Pinc Louds, Los Cumpleanos, and DJ Spooky Dick. Dancing required. BYOB encouraged.
Write a short poem or haiku for address, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
8p-3:30a; $5-20
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
World bass night focused on shining a light on global rhythms from every corner of the world. Originally hosted in DC, it began six years ago with Dave Nada as Moombahton Mondays. Dave passed the party on to Billy the Gent and Cam Jus who renamed it. After two successful years, the Clown Prince inherited the famed residency and has added DJs Mathias, the Lothario, and Jackson Kachor as regulars. Tropixxx is celebrating its six-year anniversary with an east coast tour.
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
10p-4a; $5
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Good Room presents:
With Zombies in Miami (live) and Luca Tacon. GlitterballNYC in the Bad Room. Plus Manfredas and Facets.
98 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $10-20 via Resident Advisor
21 and over
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Landmarks and Transformations
The award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, in collaboration with EAG’s Open Space Grant, will present a new work of devised docutheatre. As LGBTQ rights become once again threatened, 18 Queer writer/performers have responded by devising a piece that puts the focus on individual LGBTQ lives in 2017 and creates -- with the audience -- new everyday queer rituals from the crazy concoction of tears, terror, laughter, and love that marks our era. Performers include Philip Markle, Kevin R. Free, Jordan Sebastian Bonner, Kathleen Warnock, and Elena Chang.
Episcopal Actors' Guild
1 East 29th Street, Manhattan
7:30p; $10-20
Continues SUNDAY
Take Two Storytelling
A special edition of Take Two as part of the Organ Recital Storytelling Festival. Health and healthcare are full of forks in the road and times we wish there was a rewind button. At Take Two, storytellers share one true story with two endings: one the way it actually happened, the other if it had all turned out differently. What happens when you take the other fork in the road, right the wrongs or wrong the rights, say what you could have said, do what you could have done, flip to a different page in the choose your own adventure? When the only thing between a storyteller and the perfect ending is the real ending, they bring it to Take Two. Featuring stories from Athalie Paynting, Topher Gross, Diana Cage, Elana Lancaster, and Harvey Katz.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $5 suggested
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Lovelies present:
Slice and Dice
Slice and Dice is a split bill performance series featuring live music and dance and is about sharing ideas and building community. Slice and Dice shares long-form dances, a talkback with the artists and an environment to deepen the dialogue. Drinks and snacks are provided, a donation is kingly suggested.
434 Avenue of the Americas, fifth floor, studio 6, Manhattan
6p; $10
Wild Woman
Rise up with the sun and unleash your wild heart. Free yourself from the fear and hate in the world. Say Yes to love. Free your body and dance. Wild Sun Rise Dance meditation with Wild Woman Healer Kiana Love (6-7a), Free Your Body Dance Soundbath (7-11a). Music: DJ Chela. Live percussion by Renee Renata Bergen. Plus Wild woman interactive art. Wild Woman is calling women and us all to wake up. We are a forest of hearts. Come dance to awaken yourself and the whole world to love. 
Gemini and Scorpio Loft
RSVP for address, Gowanus, Brooklyn
6-11a; $15 advance, $25 door
***** Also on MONDAY *****
Brouhaha Theatre Project's Research and Development
Enter our surreal ideas incubator, where a young hivemind is eager to invent and pitch the Next Big Thing. Dance, live steel drum, banjo, weird inventions, and 80s film star Catherine Mary Stewart combine for a one-night-only participatory theatre experience.
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, Manhattan
7:30-9p; $12-15
The Prose Bowl
The Prose Bowl returns on the third Tuesday of February for more writers on writers. Join our panel of judges in watching local writers perform their best and briefest -- or put your name in the hat and perform your own. Host John Hague returns from an ever-growing hiatus to resume his duties. Come grab a beer and help us keep making this city the writer's refuge it is.
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Pairs and Pears No. 6
A new little monthly show where there is a pair of genres, a pair of artists for each, and literal pears. This month features comedy by David Spector and Mitchell Harrison, burlesque by Leona Beretta, Miss Sugar Mamasota, and poetry by CJ Edmond and Samantha Wischnia. With songs and hosting duties by Squidssidy, a folk-rock music duo with a penchant for banter comprised of Cassidy Dawn Graves and Stephanie Guedalia.
Tarot Society
4 Charles Place, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $5 suggested to benefit CAIR-NY and Trans Assistance Project
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
The Educated Guess
An annual comedy science fair, back for another year with more quirky dioramas, tri-fold cardboard, and haphazard experiments than ever. Produced by comedians Steven DeSiena and Jo Firestone. Educated Guess challenges dozens of NYC's top comedians to throw-back to grade school science fairs complete with half-baked hypotheses.
622 Degraw, Brooklyn
7-10p; $5 advance, $8 door
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Eric Schmalenberger presents:
Blunderland: Sass Wednesday
House of Yes, an evening of revolutionary variety at the House of Yes, with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle. Leave all expectations at the door and come be dazzled. Drawing from the finest of New York’s burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes Blunderland is a trip down the rabbit hole you won’t soon forget. Come celebrate with a show that is hand picked, juicy, and super fresh for your viewing pleasure. This is not a show for the meek and we serve nothing mild on this stage. Please come prepared for anything.
More sass then most are use to, an evening of irreverence that is sure to raise your pulse and eyebrows to dangerous and delightful heights. With performances by Molly Pope, Amy G, Roxy Valdez, Jo Boobs, and Tigger.
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
7p doors, 8p show; $15 presale, $20 door
21 and over
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
$1 Art Show
$uperdollar group show. Money may be the root of all evil, but here at Con Artist Collective, we turn money into beauty. This show features a collection of dollar bills that have been graced with amazing designs.
Con Artist Collective
119 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
646 504 2323
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Risk! Live
Risk! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public. Hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe the State. At the Risk! Live show, performers share true stories from their lives that range from hilarious to heart-breaking to everything in between. Slate calls it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.” Live performances featuring Kendra Cunningham, Doug Smith, and Maritess Zurbano.
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
718 643 6510
7:30p doors, 8p show; $15
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
Drink and Draw at Armageddon Ink Gallery
Our monthly life drawing event is back. Join the artists of Armageddon Ink Gallery for an evening of live nude figure drawing at our Williamsburg location. We will have some wine and snacks available while it lasts. Bring your own supplies and draw with us.
7 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
9p-midnight; $5
21 and over
Video Revival presents:
The Alt-Oscars
In a world of liberal elite media bias, it’s time America took back its entertainment industry. The first annual Alt-Oscars will award the WINNERS in 2016, disparage the losers and honor the true Americans in the entertainment industry. A special screening of the Best Picture will follow the event. Hosted by Kellyanne Conway (Tessa Skara). Featuring: Ana Fabrega, Madonna Refugia, Joe Castle Baker, Jaboukie Young-White, Catherine Cohen and Steven Markow, and Ruby McCollister.
Video Revival
346 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn
8-11p; $5 advance, $6 door
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
A Benefit Show for Folk Musician Erica Buettner with Special Guests Jeffrey Lewis and Charming Disaster
The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music will host a benefit concert for lyrical poet and songwriter Erica Buettner. The first part of the event will be presented by Katie Down's Brooklyn Ukes series. Come at 7p to participate in Uke Night (no prior ukulele experience necessary). Then the benefit show will kick off at 9p, followed by Jeffrey Lewis and Erica Buettner herself, albeit battling cancer, to share songs off her new album influenced by a 10-year troubadour-tour of Europe. This evening will be a collection of good vibes and witty words to support one of our local community artists.
The Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
9-11:30p; $15 suggested
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Mystery Science Burlesque 3000: A Tribute to MST3K
Starring: Petite Renard, Dottie Riot, Sincerely Yours, Brettzo, Holly Ween, and Logan Levau. Host: Moe Cheezmo.
Slipper Room
167 Orchard Street, Manhattan
7p doors, 8p show; $12 presale, $15 day of show, $20 front row
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
What's Your Damage?
Every month Sachi Ezura and Halle Kiefer host a stand-up and storytelling show that asks performers, "What, exactly, is your damage?" Comics ruminate on the middle school humiliations, dating embarrassments and family drama that haunt them to this day, and that make them the weird, wonderful people they are today. This month's lineup: Bowen Yang, Brett Davis, Sonia Denis, and Anthony Devito. Your hosts: Sachi Ezura and Halle Kiefer.
The Grand
647 Grand Street, Brooklyn
8p; $free
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
The Nose: A Preposterous New Family Musical
The Nose is a whimsical new family musical by Kit Goldstein Grant. After his nose jumps off his face and masquerades around St. Petersburg as a high-ranking official, Kovalyov is sent on a crazy journey to regain his sniffer and his social position.
Based on Nikolai Gogol's famous tale, the Nose entertains with Russian-flavored music, family-friendly humor, and an eye-popping production, while featuring themes and lessons that resonate from Imperial Russia to modern-day America. 
The Nose returns to the historic Master Theater after a sold-out engagement in the summer of 2016, during which the New York Times warned readers, "you may feel that a part of your body has a mind of its own." The Nose is suitable for all ages, but will be most enjoyed by those 8 years and up.
Master Theater
1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn
7p; $20-45 with code FNF2
718 732 3838
The Boxcutter Puppet Cabaret
A night of high art, low concept night of slow-moving picture shows, fast-moving puppet shows, and semi functional technology of the middle ages, all in two and occasionally three dimensions. A cabaret to make us laugh and/or cry about the state of everything, full of instantly gratifying puppet shows for a fiscally conservative and morally decaying society.
Featuring: The Banks Are Made of Marble, Episode No. 17 of the Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Weasel Vs. the World, Citizen Hero Weasel, and the Foot by the Bread and Puppet Theater. The BoxCutter Collective is made up of a group of puppeteers, bartenders, union organizers, carpenters, musicians, painters, and general trouble makers who have been working together in various forms for the last 10-15 years. Include puppeteers from Bread and Puppet, People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, Better Than Never Theater, Semi-Upright Cultural Workers Collective, RPM Puppet Conspiracy, Great Small Works, and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.
The Owl Music Parlor
497 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors; $7-15 sliding scale
***** Also on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 *****
How to Party
I am a video artist having a premiere and installation of my new video, I Can't Stop Eating. Dessert provided.
385 East 18th Street, Apartment 4H, Brooklyn
8p-midnight; $free
* Rags of Light, February 25
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at] We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Dubpixel electronics yardsale. Trying to get this stuff out of the studio and into good hands. Free is OK offer for all items listed here: We make weird stuff, and help others make weird stuff.
* Open Call for Video Art 2017: Seventh Under the Subway Video Art Night. Organized and curated by Antonio Ortuño. Deadline: May 1, 2017. underthesubwayvideoartnight]at]
* The Joy List: Everyone deserves as much happiness in their life as possible. That's why I created the Joy List, a newsletter that lets New Yorkers know where they can get a dose of joy. You won't find sad karaoke nights here. Instead, the Joy List will lead you toward events that have a community of inspiring and delightful humans. And you can be one of them. All you need to do is sign up. Oh look, you can join right down there. The Internet is magic. To peruse previous editions of The Joy List, click here:
* Wanted: Performers for WFMU talent show: Musicians (including bands), jugglers, mentalists, sword swallowers, lounge singer impersonators, breakdancers, clowns, comedians, etc etc etc wanted for a variety show on Friday, February 24 at Monty Hall, the performance space at WFMU, the freeform station of the nation. The show will have a live audience and also be livestreamed on our website and broadcast on the radio. Interested? Got questions? Email vdougherty]at]
***** SPACES *****
* Work studio for rent and a winter bedroom and
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact]at]
***** Force Majeure *****
“The language was scathing, the tone sarcastic. 'Trump proclaims himself a deal-maker without peer.' The angry memos were written by lawyers acting on behalf of Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest lender, which was suing the four-times bankrupt billionaire. There was only one problem: the future 45th president of the United States was refusing to pay up. Deutsche initiated legal action. Trump responded with a blistering writ of his own, a 10-count complaint in New York’s supreme court, in the county of Queens. In it, Trump adopted a highly unusual defense, known as 'force majeure.' He claimed that the 2008 economic crisis was a 'once-in-a-century credit tsunami,' an act of God that was equivalent to an earthquake. Since it couldn’t have been anticipated, and it wasn’t his fault, he wasn’t obliged to pay Deutsche anything. It wouldn’t get the $40 million or the outstanding $330 million, his writ said. He went further. Trump claimed Deutsche Bank had actually helped cause the crunch. Therefore it owed him. Trump demanded $3 billion from Deutsche in compensation."
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Overheard in New York, February 2017. Middle aged man in a coffee shop:
-- "You know how I make money? [short silence] By finding the in-between ... every day of my life."
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
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Brazenheart: A Self-Help Speakeasy
The brainchild of professional coaches Ashley Arthur and Janelle Corrie, BrazenHeart originated in Harlem as an underground haven for artists and creative minds. A sacred space for the curious soul, BrazenHeart now extends its invitation to you. With a drink in hand, we invite you to take an intentional time out with your people. Community is our jam. 
In February, Brazenheart is taking care of those who take care of others. With 6 donation-based events for 6 groups (female entrepreneurs, photographers, personal trainers, teachers, dreamers & hustlers and creatives) we're creating a cozy space for you to come together and talk both struggles and strategy. It's unexpectedly invigorating.
Central Harlem
Exact location provided upon RSVP
8p; $10 suggested donation
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Notes From the Swamp: Strategizing Beyond Trumpism
We are in a state of disaster: the global rise of the far-right, the election of Donald Trump, his flurry of executive orders, Islamophobia as national policy, the blitzkrieg media strategy, and countless insane tweets. All of which makes it nearly impossible to see through the hysteria, to understand the roots of our dispossession. While Trump’s ascendance is shocking, it does not change the chronic state of disaster of our lives, our shitty jobs and finances, our atomization and depression, the continued war on Black and brown bodies, all with the backdrop of each subsequent month and year being the hottest on record. Trump’s new government is just the latest mutation in a decades-long social war maintaining a failed vision of how we should live. But rather than simply react, how are we to understand our contemporary environment and terrain, how do we confront the inherent nihilism of our culture, how do we think strategically within the madness?
Woodbine will host a four-part discussion series on understanding the rise of Trumpism and to allow ourselves the space to collectively strategize through these tumultuous times. We must become the experts we need, so we must force ourselves to learn, to understand, and to share in a way devoid of false pretenses. We are inviting some friends to research and present on a number of key topics, and we look forward to discussing what the fuck is going on. We cannot face this world alone, and alone we cannot solve these problems. In that vein, after the discussions we invite all participants to share in our weekly Sunday dinners, to continue building.
Sessions will be split into four main topics, and each will be guided by a panel of presenters for an hour long presentation, followed by an hour of discussion.
1882 Woodbine Street, Ridgewood, Queens
1-4p; $free
Gentrification, Race, and Displacement in NYC
New York’s neighborhoods are caught in an escalating battle over what they will look like, and who will get to live in them. In this special evening, Brooklyn authors Tom Angotti and Neil deMause join with community activists working to protect their neighborhoods to discuss the city’s present and future.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
February 27, 7-8:45p; $free
Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC
As a low-lying coastal city, NYC is highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change, and the sea-level rise and intensive storms that can result. NYC must also be a leader in the effort to decarbonize the energy system, a challenge encapsulated in the City’s 80x50 plan (to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80 percent as of 2050).
Join Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs for an hour-long discussion with Dr. James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists. Together, they will discuss how New York City can be a leader in the fight to decarbonize the energy system. You will leave the discussion with a clear action plan to engage city officials, real estate developers, and others on the moral necessity to help reduce our impact on the environment.
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, Manhattan
March 2, 6:30-8p; $free
To Be or Not To Be a 501c3
This workshop will help you determine if establishing a formal nonprofit is the right decision for your all-volunteer community group. We'll walk through the major factors in the decision and the process for applying.
Citizens Committee for New York City
77 Water Street, Manhattan
March 4, noon-3p; $free
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nonsense nyc is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in new york city.

we like rock bands and experimental musicians and arty films and galleries and museums and big street festivals, but we can find information about all of those things in other places. we generally will not list these kind of things on their own. that leaves that other stuff, the stuff that has no name or a name that you feel really self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground."

we publish more or less once a week on fridays in easy digest format. if you sign up, the important thing to remember is that the nonsense nyc happens because of you. that means we rely on you to let us know what events you are organizing and what events you are attending. please keep us up to date and don't assume that we'll find out about something from someone else. our job is to gather, edit, organize, and filter; your's is to make interesting thing happen and let us know about them. (and we love you, and the other people on this list love you, for that effort.)

also, feel free to send us editorial comments. we certainly don't endorse every event on this list, nor do we attend all of them. that means it's nice to hear what you have to say. for instance, let us know if you had the best time of your life last weekend, or, conversely, if you felt like you were cheated out of $5 by some group that sounded good but turned out to be hippie drummers.

anyway, please enjoy this list and remember to do your part to make new york a better place to live.

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